Updated August 7
A day after former President Barack Obama turned 60, he could be seen pushing his golf clubs between holes at Farm Neck at around 4:30 pm on Thursday.
Obama is celebrating his birthday at his Edgartown estate Saturday. The outdoor event was originally planned to host more than 400 guests and 200 waitstaff, but was significantly downsized amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases locally and across the country.
The party’s guest list was expected to include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and George Clooney. It’s unclear who made the cut as a “close friend.”
The party will still feature several COVID protocols such as a COVID coordinator and require testing of attendees beforehand.
Photos from DailyMail.com showed trucks bearing logos of Martha’s Vineyard businesses Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals and Nancy’s Restaurant entering Turkeyland Cove Road on Tuesday.
On Twitter, Edgartown police wrote that the U.S. Secret Service announced a “no drone zone” restricted area due to “protective operations in Edgartown” from Saturday to Sunday.
Hannah Hankins, a spokesperson for the former president, told The Times in an email earlier this week that concerns about the spread of the Delta COVID variant prompted the significantly scaled back event, which will now include only family and close friends.
Town administrator James Hagerty said representatives of the former president are keeping the town informed about how they intend to keep guests safe.
“I am in touch with the COVID coordinator overseeing protocols for this outdoor event and have been briefed on their plans to comply with all CDC, state, and local guidance,” Hagerty told The Times in an email.
Updated with drone restriction. — Ed.